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Building Permit Process
The first step to getting a permit is choosing the permit service that is appropriate for your project. Find this same information in our bulletin, How to Get a Building Permit

Choose the Permit Service That Fits
Our permit services are scaled to fit projects that range from simple to complex.

Computer Monitor www.sjpermits.org. Our lowest-cost permits are online. Good for simple projects and installations of appliances or residential solar panels. 
Fast and easy, go to www.sjpermits.org to download a permit and schedule an inspection online, and save $40. Limited to simple projects and installations of equipment, major appliances, and residential solar panels. See which projects qualify at www.sjpermits.org. Be ready to register, provide the property address, your email address, and a credit card number for payment.
Woman helping customer at a counter Over-the-Counter ServiceWalk in with plans, walk out with a permit. 
Only for residential projects with no or minor structural changes. No appointment needed—just come to the Permit Center with accurate plans. See which projects qualify for Over-the-Counter Service.
Staff conducting plan review Plan Review Service. For projects with structural changes or new construction
Your plans are reviewed by experts for compliance with zoning regulations and building codes. No appointment needed for Regular Plan Review—just come to the Permit Center with accurate plans. Your type of property determines your Plan Review Service:
Small Shop Small Business Permit Help
Get no-cost help finding the right site or guidance with the permit process if you are planning to improve your business space. Learn more at www.sanjoseca.gov/businesscoach.